Shaler Commissioner recognized as Veteran of the Year

Friday, September 13, 2019 | 12:01 AM


State Sen. Lindsey Williams recognized Shaler Commissioner David Mizgorski during a Sept. 10 township commissioners meeting as Veteran of the Year by presenting him with a flag that flew over the state capitol in his honor.

Mizgorski enlisted in the Marine Corps as a 16-year-old. He said his Army veteran father and Marine Corps veteran uncles and cousins inspired his four years of service. Mizgorski was part of the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines of Camp Pendleton, Calif. He completed a tour of duty in Okinawa, mainland Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Today, he honors veterans as the Shaler Mt. Royal VFW Post 9199’s junior vice commander and scholarship committee chairman.

“That’s probably one of my most proud things is giving back through the VFW.”

Also at the meeting:

• The township is repairing sinkholes that formed Sept. 8 on Belladonna and Skylark drives.

“Sinkhole? I’d call it a large crater,” Commissioner James Boyle said.

“These are ones that you could probably park large cars in,” township engineer Matt Sebastian replied.

Township Manager Tim Rogers said that he was “amazed” that the hole reaches almost 20-feet deep.

The township is installing 24 inches of new sanitary sewer line as part of the repairs, Sebastian said.

“In our replacement, we are bringing our line up to a shallower depth. We don’t think there’s a need for that depth there. A lot of it’s going in to carry all of the fluid it needs to. The routing that we’re doing with the new line, we’re trying to keep the routing of the new line as far as we can away from houses and disturb as little as possible, staying within the utility easements that we have.”

• Boyle mentioned that the Hampton Shaler Water Authority will assume responsibility for paving the Hemlock-Ponderosa drive intersection, which incurred damage due to a water main break.

• The township is resurfacing the Ellen Hughes Park tennis court and multi-use court, sometimes used for street hockey. The project should be completed, weather cooperating, in one week, Sebastian said.

• Shaler was set to open bids Sept. 13 for the paving of Craft Avenue and Perlick Street utilizing a Community Development Block Grant.

• Township officials are working with RoadBotics, a pavement evaluation company, to determine the roads to add to next year’s paving plan.

“We’re trying to get a list to get to Hampton Shaler Water Authority and try to work with them and the gas company (Peoples) and try to make sure they’re not tearing up the streets that we paved,” Rogers said.

• Eric Schmidt, Shaler Hampton EMS director, said that call volume declined in August compared to last year, continuing an overall decrease for the year.

“As I said last month, there really is no explanation for it. You know, we’re an emergency service. We respond when called, we transport requests, and sometimes we have these ebbs and flows that happen in the business.”

Sharpsburg borough contacted Shaler Hampton EMS, Schmidt said, to submit a proposal to provide services in the borough.

“Would you service that out of the Shaler station, or would you put a sub-station in Sharpsburg?” Boyle asked, assuming Sharpsburg offered Shaler Hampton EMS a contract.

Schmidt said that the provider wouldn’t hire new staff or purchase additional equipment but would station a 16-hour truck in Sharpsburg during peak call times.

• Shaler is planning its third annual Fall Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Kiwanis Park. The event will feature bounce houses, a maze, crafts, games, seasonal music and a cookout.

Decorate a small pumpkin, based on availability, for $2, or bring your own. Make s’mores for $1 each.

The Shaler North Hills Library will join in the fun with spooky tales and activities.

Register at shaler.org.